Terms and conditions

The use of British Pharmacopoeia Commission (BPC) website (www.pharmacopoeia.gov.uk) is subject to the following terms and conditions. pharmacopoeia.gov.uk is managed by the Medicines and Healthcare products Regulatory Agency (MHRA) (referred to as ‘We’ below). In entering our site you as a user (‘You’) are accepting our terms and conditions. This section also includes our privacy policy.

Publication Scheme

The Freedom of Information (FOI) Act  (external link) asserts the right of individuals to obtain access to official information to the greatest extent possible consistent with the public interest and the need to protect legitimate confidential information. The British Pharmacopoeia Commission (BPC) currently makes information routinely available to the public in relation to its functions, membership and meetings. Such information will continue to be available without the need to use the FOI Act.

The FOI Act is designed to allow public access to information held by public bodies which is not routinely available from other sources. Access to information under the FOI Act is subject to certain exemptions and involves specific procedures and time limits, which are outlined in the Medicines and Healthcare products Regulatory Agency (MHRA)'s Publication Scheme (external link).

The Director of the Executive Support Division of the MHRA has overall responsibility for the MHRA's Publication Scheme. Ms Jane Viner, Manager, Medicines Information and Web Services, is the individual having day-to-day responsibility maintaining the scheme.

The following classes of information concerning the BP Commission and it's activities are available:

BPC Code of Practice on Declaring Interests in the Pharmaceutical Industry:
The BPC Code of Practice is available as a PDF on this website. A hard copy is available free on request from the MHRA.

BPC Members' Declarations of Interests in the Pharmaceutical Industry:
BPC members' declarations of interest are available as a PDF on this website. A hard copy is available free on request from the MHRA.

Minutes of meetings of the BPC and it's Expert Advisory Groups, Panels and Working Parties:
Summary minutes edited to protect personal and commercial information are available as PDF on this website. Hard copies are available free on request from the MHRA.

Medicines Act (1968) Advisory Bodies Annual Report:
This Annual Report is available as a PDF from the MHRA website (www.mhra.gov.uk). A hard copy is available on request from the MHRA (a fee is charged for the hard copy of this report).

To request hard copies of the above information please contact the MHRA Information Centre on +44 (0)20 7084 2000 or email info@mhra.gsi.gov.uk.

Using pharmacopoeia.gov.uk

pharmacopoeia.gov.uk is maintained for your personal use and viewing. The access and use of pharmacopoeia.gov.uk featuring these terms and conditions constitutes your acceptance of these terms and conditions. They take effect from the date on which you first use this website.

You agree to use this site only for lawful purposes, and in a manner that does not infringe the rights of, or restrict or inhibit the use and enjoyment of this site by any third party. Such restriction or inhibition includes, without limitation, conduct which is unlawful, or which may harass or cause distress or inconvenience to any person, and the transmission of obscene or offensive content or disruption of normal flow of dialogue within this site.

Information collected by us on the use of the site is used for internal review, to improve the content of pharmacopoeia.gov.uk, to customise the content and/or layout of pharmacopoeia.gov.uk, to notify users about updates to pharmacopoeia.gov.uk, and to contact users for marketing purposes and is not shared with other organisations for commercial purposes.

Linking to pharmacopoeia.gov.uk

We welcome organisations and individuals to create links to our home page and individual pages within our website, without requiring our permission to do so. However, we do request that those linking to our website respect the following conditions:

We do not sanction the downloading of information from our site for use on other sites; pharmacopoeia.gov.uk pages must load into the user’s entire window.

The MHRA reserves the right to move or change its website URLs at any time in order to meet changing business needs and to continually improve its online service. We therefore do not encourage deep linking but recommend linking to section homepages, which are less likely to move or change.

The MHRA logo must not be copied and used to create links.

Intellectual property 

The names, images and logos identifying pharmacopoeia.gov.uk are proprietary marks of the MHRA. If you wish to copy or use the MHRA logo, you must get prior approval from the copyright manager by contacting the MHRA branding team through the enquiry point (info@mhra.gsi.gov.uk).

Tell us how and why you wish to use our logos. Please include your contact details: name, address, telephone number, fax number and e-mail.


The pharmacopoeia.gov.uk website and material relating to Government information, products and services (or to third party information, products and services), is provided 'as is', without any representation or endorsement made and without warranty of any kind whether express or implied, including but not limited to the implied warranties of satisfactory quality, fitness for a particular purpose, non-infringement, compatibility, security and accuracy.

We do not warrant that the functions contained in the material contained in this site will be uninterrupted or error free, that defects will be corrected, or that this site or the server that makes it available are free of viruses or represent the full functionality, accuracy, reliability of the materials.

In no event will we be liable for any loss or damage including, without limitation, indirect or consequential loss or damage, or any loss or damages whatsoever arising from use or loss of use of, data or profits arising out of or in connection with the use of pharmacopoeia.gov.uk.

Although we may from time to time monitor or review discussions, chat, postings, transmissions, bulletin boards and the like on pharmacopoeia.gov.uk, we are under no obligation to do so and assume no responsibility or liability arising from the content of any such locations nor for any error, omission, infringement, defamation, obscenity, or inaccuracy contained in any information within such locations on pharmacopoeia.gov.uk.

These terms and conditions shall be governed by and construed in accordance with the laws of England and Wales. Any dispute arising under these terms and conditions shall be subject to the exclusive jurisdiction of the courts of England and Wales.

Links to external websites

Links contained in pharmacopoeia.gov.uk will lead to other websites which are not under our control. We are not responsible for the content of any linked site. Listing and linking should not be taken as an endorsement of any kind and we accept no liability in respect of the content. We cannot guarantee that these links will work all of the time and have no control over the availability of the linked pages.

E-mail disclaimer

The purpose of this policy is to ensure that people who communicate with the MHRA understand the way in which electronic mail (e-mail) should be used. Its aim is to ensure that email is used effectively for its intended purpose without infringing legal requirements or creating unnecessary business risk.

A statement is attached to all outgoing email messages from the Agency setting out this policy.

Virus protection

We make every effort to check and test material at all stages of production. It is always wise for you to run an anti-virus program on all material downloaded from the Internet.

We cannot accept any responsibility for any loss, disruption or damage to your data or your computer system which may occur whilst using material derived from this website.

Privacy policy

This section explains how the MHRA uses any information you give to us, and the way we protect your privacy. Protecting the privacy and personal data of the visitors to our site is of the utmost importance to us.

The Data Protection Act

In accordance with the Data Protection Act, we have a legal duty to protect any information we collect from you. We will only use your information for the purpose as described and we do not pass on your details to any other government department or third party unless you have given us permission to do so. You have a right to access your personal data and rectify any inaccuracies.

Site usage

We do not use cookies for collecting user information. Log files allow us to record visitor’s use of the site to enable us to enhance the future layout of the site. The data we gather in this way does not contain any personal information or information about which other sites you have visited.

If you provide feedback on our website we will only use it to develop and improve the site. We will keep the actual feedback for six months after which it will be deleted but analysis of feedback may be kept.

Statement coverage

This privacy statement only covers the MHRA website at http://www.pharmacopoeia.gov.uk. It does not cover other websites which may have been accessed via links from our site.


This site has security measures in place to protect the loss and alteration of information under our control.

Changes to the policy

If the privacy policy changes in any way, we will place an updated version on this page. Regularly reviewing the page ensures you are always aware of what information we collect, how we use it and under what circumstances, if any, we will share it with other parties.

Contacting us

If you have any questions about this privacy statement or the practices of this site, you can contact us through our Central Enquiry Point (info@mhra.gsi.gov.uk).

Glossary of terms

Cookies are files containing information about visitors to a web site (e.g. user name and preferences). This information is provided by the user during the first visit to a web server. The server records this information in a text file and stores this file on the visitor's hard drive. When the visitor accesses the same web site again the server looks for the cookie and configures itself based on the information provided. 

Log files are files created by a web or proxy server which contains all of the access information regarding the activity on that server.

Updated August 2008

We may at any time revise these terms and conditions without notice. Please check regularly. Continued use of pharmacopoeia.gov.uk after a change has been made will be construed as your acceptance of the change.